Breaking: Huberman To Leave Mid-Year [Or Not]

The Sun Times is reporting that Huberman has told the mayor that he plans to leave before the end of the year -- possibly even before the mayor steps down in May (Huberman to step down). But.... before you get too excited... hold on a second...
 

Now the Tribune has Huberman saying that he's not going that fast (Schools chief Huberman denies report of early departure).

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  • Of coarse he is not going to go right away. He got to steal as much as he can before exiting 125. He will trade in those cars for some moving vans.

  • I wonder if it really has as much to do with Daley leaving as not wanting to deal with a new union contract. Just a thought . . . In any case, I don't think he's doing himself any favors. Though not originally a fan, I have come to see value in some of the policies he has put in place and some of his ways of leading. The problem is without follow-through we will never know if it would have worked. So again - who really loses here - the students. Let's hope that the next CEO of CPS is really committed to the students more than to a political boost and a paycheck.

  • In reply to klotane:

    "some" is the operative term here. PM as a process COULD have gone a long way to improve programs and practices in CPS. But the complete disregard among his team for data quality, rigorous research practices, and MEANINGFUL data analysis, interpretation, and application makes almost everything they do utterly useless to us.

  • In reply to klotane:

    last but not least, an update from the tribune.
    if huberman's not leaving immediately, which it seems like he's not, then what's the story besides that the sun times got it wrong (or got shafted by someone at city hall)? it's not a real surprise he's leaving, is it? i guess i never assumed there was a chance he'd stay.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    The info leaked from someone on the Mayor's staff who was privy to the meeting. As with all newspapers the SUn Times had the info a month ago but was bargaining with the Mayor as to when it should be released. The Mayor kept stalling and eventually they went with the story. As you see, the Mayor has not denied the conversation with Hooterman. The Sun Times is soooooo much like a tabloid. They want to be the first to drop an exclusive, especially since the Tribune had one up with the Jessie Jackson mistress situation.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Ron Huberman should fly the coop now, as Mary Mitchell says! CPS, you have lost the public relations battle against the Whittier parents and you are about to lose the war! Do you really want to build 160 libraries for the elementary schools in the Chicago Public School system who don't have them and should (this is criminal)? Spend the $356,000 that you have set aside to demolish the Whittier Library/Fieldhouse and repair it with the help of the community contributions to make it work! Oh, I forgot! Luis V. Gutierrez, Congressman for the Illinois Fourth District (which includes Whittier Elementary School (public school)located at 1900 W. 23rd Street) has received a $1,000,000 appropriation for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (private school) located at 1852 W. 22nd Place (a half block away from Whittier) a community playing field (soccer field)! The field (soccer field) will be used by students at Cristo Rey, Whittier Elementary School, as well as the residents of the the Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods of Chicago. This soccer field would be built on the site of the fieldhouse and the Whittier playground, after the fieldhouse and playground are demolished! The Whittier parents don't want a soccer field. The Whittier parents only want a school library and to keep the playground for their students. Last week, the parents inaugurated a make-shift library inside the fieldhouse. Volunteer librarians have organized a lending system. The fieldhouse library is open from 3 pm to 6 pm (with no heat or hot water because CPS had Peoples Gas Company shut off the gas Monday) on school days. Ron Huberman, leave CPS now and don't wait until May!

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    I thought Mary Mitchell's article was one of her better ones, I am not normally one of her fans. I do think that some of the Chief Officers over at CPS HQ are extremely upset about the way this has gone down. Let us recall that the central office staff was in Mr. Huberman's own words "decimated" by cuts. Let us recall that those staff who were left standing all took pay cuts. Let us recall that the CO firings were not done by Mr. Huberman and the people who did these firings were getting rid of staff they had in some cases worked with for years.

    To say that CO is demoralized is an understatement. Things are not getting done and in a very real manner a lot of people over at CO are now just going through the motions. I agree with Mary Mitchell I can understand why Mr. Huberman is leaving and I can also understand why staff at many levels over at CO feel abandoned.

    I do not think CPS can be run effectively with what is left downtown. I understand intelectually what Mr. Huberman was trying to do by down sizing the CO, but this system is way too big to be run with what is left at CO and in the regional offices. Trying to manage by looking at dash board data from hundreds of local schools and charter schools just is not working.

    The entire vision will have to be looked at again once a new Mayor get elected. I am not thrilled with a massive central office, but what what is left is simply too small to work.

    Rod Esvan

  • In reply to klotane:

    Ron Huberman, leave now!

  • In reply to klotane:

    Alexander, the Sun-Times didn't get anything wrong! CPS is just playing "damage control". Ron Huberman and all of his key people will be out of power no later then after the new mayor takes over, if not sooner!

  • In reply to klotane:

    mary mitchell says he should go now --
    http://www.suntimes.com/news/mitchell/2780654,CST-NWS-mitch07.article

    should i keep this long thread going or start a new one about what he should do in the remaining months (and who's going to replace him)?

  • good riddance ....what a uselees piece of garbage he is...now don't forget to take ur flying monkeys with ya ....start with that stuck up witch monique bond !!!!.... btw ....how does she get her jobs???? ....must be in the right places like under someone's desk !!!!

  • In reply to rweisner:

    Maybe Bill Clinton will be attracted to the CEO job if Monique stays.

  • In reply to rweisner:

    this blogger makes a pitch for phyllis lockett as the new head of CPS , which will i'm sure set off howls of dismay among many

    http://hickeysite.blogspot.com/2010/10/phyllis-lockett-ceo-of-renaissance.html

  • In reply to rweisner:

    fred klonsky is of the good riddance persuasion when it comes to huberman --
    no replacement ideas yet

    http://preaprez.wordpress.com/2010/10/06/huberman-to-quit-as-cps-boss-dont-let-the-door-hit-you/

  • In reply to rweisner:

    by the end of the school year, reports stephanie banchero

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704689804575536200851393376.html

  • In reply to rweisner:

    I TOLD YOU SO!!!! I predicted this months ago, way before the Daley announcement. Down at 125 Hooterman has lost all authority and clout. Members of his team jumped ship weeks ago starting with DR. CURRY. She saw the writing on the wall. Daley is full of corruption and it's evident in his handling of CPS. It's not suprising that Hooterman's announcement is 24 hours after the state court ruled he acted illegally in terminating teachers. Daley thought they would get away with it, but he was wrong. Hooterman quit because he doesn't want to be investigated or caught up in the ONGOING Daley FBI probe..........just like Rob Blagohevich got caught up trying to help his brother Rod. WAKE UP people, this is not as simple as it seems.

  • In reply to rweisner:

    Dear Colleagues:

    This morning, the Chicago Sun-Times published a story stating that I plan to step down. I

  • My understanding is that Mr. Huberman has a private sector job lined up. He is an intelligent man and he is making the right decision about his own future.

    It is my opinion that the current CPS Board members should also resign and the Mayor should put in place a transition Board of Education. One not composed of the ususal suspects. Groups like the BGA should be called on for members, leaders of large organizations like the Urban League and Hispanic community groups, and even the Civic Committee should be brought in too. The goal of this new Board would be very simple create total transparancy. Make public all docuements and internal reports relating to Board President Scott, open up the minutes of all closed board sessions which have been surpressed for years, review all existing contracts for cost containment purposes.

    This transition Board should move on the closure of charter schools that have not made AYP for years, schools that Mr. Huberman promised the public to close as he did with traditional schools deemed to be failures. A transition Board should look very carefully at the proposal for debt refinancing and weight the risks and rewards of such a process. It should reduce the number of contracts with outside legal council. It should begin to create a framework for the next CTU contract based on very clear and reasonable revenue estimates. It should begin to examine how CPS can secure unused TIF dollars in a very serious way. A transition Board should not appoint a new CEO or Education officer. I personally would like to see the corporate title CEO eliminated and the old term Superintendent restored so the individual taking that position would be required to have the approporiate State administrative certificate.

    When a new Mayor comes to power regardless of their position on Mayoral control of the schools they will inherit CPS. Let's give whoever is elected a CPS without surprises with very realistic projections for where the district may be going fiscally.

    Rod Estvan

  • Maitre d' at "Le Dungeon" in Paris? (Don't ask)

  • Rahm Emmanuel's bodyguard.

  • 50% cancelled? Try 90%. (Where's the KPI for that?)

  • This I disagree with. One is not allowed to break a contract even for what one views as a "good cause". There are several reasons for that. The first is it undermines the integrity of the contract process. What union would ever agree to a contract again if the other side could break it at will? In that case, may as well demand as much money as one can and forget about any of the "low cost" promises that districts make. The second reason is because the worth of a person or an institution is still based on the worth of their word. If untrustworthy, what good are they?

  • This I disagree with. One is not allowed to break a contract even for what one views as a "good cause". There are several reasons for that. The first is it undermines the integrity of the contract process. What union would ever agree to a contract again if the other side could break it at will? In that case, may as well demand as much money as one can and forget about any of the "low cost" promises that districts make. The second reason is because the worth of a person or an institution is still based on the worth of their word. If untrustworthy, what good are they?

  • Numb Nuts, anyone on the 125 flow chart that answer's directly to Hooterman is a part of his team. If my info is considered theories WHY have they all been true.

    Who cares if she busted her butt, she jumped ship just.

  • Tomato.....Tomata.......It's still the same to me. She jumped shipped. And Richard Smith is going to do the same. It's nice to see 125 admins keep up with my post. HAHAHAHA!!! Instead of debating with me, how about sharing some meaning information.

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